Kicks of the week 11-25/12-1

Gareth Bale

Champions League

Real Madrid 2-2 Paris Saint Germain (Group A): Brilliant game with no reward 

It was time for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane’s men to prove the fans that the team was ready to compete against a giant, like PSG. After a disastrous start to the Champions League, where Madrid lost 3-0 against the superior French team in Paris. Real switched the roles of this match, by putting pressure on PSG and taking the lead 17 minutes in with a goal by Karim Benzema. Madrid dominated the match and seemed to finish the deal with another Benzema goal in the 79th minute of play to double the lead. But in a two-minute span, PSG scored two goals, one coming from a miscommunication between Real’s backline that was finished by Kylian Mbappe. And the other one coming from one of PSG’s only build up plays of the match that was finished by a magnificent strike from Pablo Sarabia. Madrid had the last chance of the game with a freekick coming from Gareth Bale that bounced off the post in added time. With the result, PSG finish first place in Group A with Madrid behind them with one game remaining. 

Goals: MAD (Benzema 17, 79) PSG (Mbappe 81, Sarabia 83)

Tottenham 4-2 Olympiacos (Group B)

Goals: TOT (Alli 45+1, Kane 50, 77, Aurier 73) OLY (El Arabi 6, Semedo 19)

Juventus 1-0 Atletico Madrid (Group D)

Goals: JUV (Dybala 45+2)

Liverpool 1-1 Napoli (Group E)

Goals: LIV (Lovren 65) NAP (Mertens 21)

Barcelona 3-1 Dortmund (Group F)

Goals: FCB (Suarez 29, Messi 33, Griezmann 67) DOR (Sancho 77)

Leipzig 2-2 Benfica (Group G)

Goals: LEI (Forsberg 90, 90+6) BEN (Pizzi 20, Vinicius 59)

Valencia 2-2 Chelsea (Group H)

Goals: VAL (Soler 40, Wass 82) CHE (Kovacic 41, Pulisic 50)

Leagues

Bundesliga: Up for grabs

The Bundesliga is having one of the most competitive seasons in its history. Only six points separate the first seven teams in the table after 13 games. After this week’s 4-2 victory against Freiburg, Borussia Monchengladbach remain at the top of the league with 28 points. One point behind Monchengladbach is RB Leipzig who also won this weekend. Bayern Munich who have won the previous seven titles, lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen. With that victory Leverkusen move up to seventh place. League leaders Monchengladbach will host Bayern Munich who sit in fourth place with 24 points. After falling to sixth place, Freiburg try to redeem themselves as they host Wolfsburg who are in ninth place with 20 points. In the Premier League there are eight points between first and second place, the same number of points that separate Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg. 

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Bayern Munich (Bundesliga)

Goals: LEV (Bailey 10,35) MUN (Muller 34)

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-2 Freiburg (Bundesliga)

Goals: MON (Thuram 3, Embolo 44,71, Herrmann 51) FREI (Schmid 6, Holer 58)

Werder Bremen 3-2 Wolfsburg (Bundesliga)

Goals: WER (Rashica 13,83, Bittencourt 39) WOLF (Weghorst 36, William 73)

Leicester City 2-1 Everton (Premier League)

Goals: LEI (Vardy 68, 90+4) EVE (Richarlison 23)

West Ham 1-0 Chelsea (Premier League)

Goals: WHU (Cresswell 48)

Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid (La Liga): Ter Stegen and Messi to the rescue 

Once again, Marc Ter Stegen and Lionel Messi gave Barcelona three very important points in the fight for La Liga title. Atletico Madrid were superior to Barcelona in the first half. In spite of that, Madrid was unable to take the lead due to some brilliant saves from Ter Stegen who kept the game scoreless. In the second half both teams created scoring opportunities but were unsuccessful. It wasn’t until the 85th minute when a counterattack finished by Barcelona’s No. 10 gave the Blaugranas the three points. Barcelona remain in first with 31 points, while Atletico drop to sixth place. 

Goals: FCB (Messi 85)

Upcoming Games 

Manchester United vs Tottenham (Premier League) (Wednesday at 13:30)

Liverpool vs Everton (Premier League) (Wednesday at 14:15)

Inter Milan vs Roma (Serie A) (Friday at 13:45)

Borussia Monchengladbach vs Bayern Munich (Bundesliga) (Saturday at 8:30)

Freiburg vs Wolfsburg (Bundesliga) (Saturday at 8:30)

Manchester City vs Manchester United (Premier League) (Saturday at 11:30): Bounce back 

It is a great opportunity for both teams to come back after accumulating bad results. After Saturday’s draw, Manchester City remain in third place in the PL. City, who are the defending Champions, are now 11 points away from first place Liverpool. Meanwhile, Manchester United were unable to defeat Aston Villa at Old Trafford, and only accumulate 18 points after 14 games. This is the worst start for the Red Devils since the 1988-89 season. The last meeting between these two teams was a 2-0 win by the Citizens at Old Trafford.